Author Archives: Mark Babbitt

It’s 2015: Do You Know the 5 NEW Job Search Basics?

The New Basics

“In this economy, what’s the one thing I need to do to stand out?”

As I speak on campuses around the country, that is the question I get more often than any other. And often, the answer expected is “finish your education” or “follow your passion.” But those well-worn cliches are never part of my answer…   

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The Power of New Year Realizations (Not Resolutions)

New Year

The start of a new year motivates many of us to make a fresh start… a deliberate attempt to change and improve our lives – and careers. And, of course, this leads to the creation of a new set of New Year’s resolutions.

Before you jump in and start making your list for 2014, I’d like to suggest a different approach…   

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25 Questions to Ask During Your Next Job Interview

Magic 8 Ball

There’s lots of advice out there about what to ask when the recruiter says, “Have any questions for me?”

The trouble is, most of that advice is starting OKto sound generic… and recruiters are tired of getting asked the same questions over and over again. Even worse: when a candidate asks a question that has nothing to do with that job or company… or even the goals of the applicant…   

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Does Your Resume Say What You DID? Or Can DO?

Paying attention

I recently attended a webinar hosted by well-intended career advisors; the title (and I’m paraphrasing here): “the resume for the well-rounded student.”

Unfortunately, at a time when current students, soon-to-be graduates and recent grads need all the high-quality counsel they can get, the advice in that webinar likely wouldn’t help anyone find work – ever…   

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All Trick No Treat: Beware These 10 Creepy Career Moments

Scary-Career-Moments

As young careerists are navigating their way into the workforce, it seems many – perhaps just happy to have a job or internship – are prone to ignoring some very scary red flags served up by monster-like employers.

The fact is that as we progress through the hiring process, recruiters and hiring managers are prone to saying what we want to hear in candy-coated tones…   

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7 Things Employers Really Want to See on Your Resume

The Power of Words

Yet another resume submitted by another early careerist – and another rejection followed by another disappointment.

And despite what you might think – that this was all cause because of typos or resume formatting issues, a lack of internships or a poor GPA – that rejection was caused by something far more important…   

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